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   RE: [xml-dev] Patented XML Compression Techniques (WAS RE: [xml-d ev] Bi

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Not quite.


Sometimes the patented and open technolgies play well 
together and the licensing is paid for by the vendor. 
The end user gets the player for free, but the editor+codec 
may cost and again, the cost of licensing is bundled 
into that.  That is how gif was handled.  This stuff 
is a problem for open source groups, admittedly, so 
it is better to seek alternatives to licensing.  The 
only thing one cannot do is ignore the patents because 
we are back to the indemnity problem.  It is better 
to convince the patent holder that the market opportunities 
are better if open source is enabled.  That is a 
sales job and not always an easy one.

I am not concerned that firms patent IP as long as they 
play by the rules of the standards and specifications 
organizations when they make a submission, and hide 
no details that taint the products.  XML binarization 
is an area in which patents exist.  Ok.  As long as 
submissions to the W3C or others fit within the policies, 
no problem.  It will be a problem if the only acceptable 
solution is one that they will not submit under those 
policies.  Then the organizations have to standardize 
an inferior technology or pay the tolls.  Fortunately, 
there aren't many technologies for which acceptable 
alternatives aren't available, or that is the position 
some take.

What one must have is a level playing field before 
the law.  


From: Rex Brooks [mailto:rexb@starbourne.com]

Somebody stick a fork in MPEG. It's done. In fact its way overcooked. 
Like a dinosaur brain that hasn't yet got the message that its dead 
yet. --courtesy dept of redundancy dept. Better yet, require it carry 
a poison warning symbol.

Taps, please,


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